Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci

Mascagni’s CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA and Leoncavallo’s I PAGLIACCI

 

The most famous of operatic twins, ‘Cav and Pag’ as this much loved operatic double bill in the repertoire is known, is a sure-fire success with audiences due to the accessibility, expressiveness and power of the music combined with the strength of the story lines. Both operas are intense dramas of sexual jealousy and revenge, set in small Italian villages. ’Cav and Pag’ revolutionised Italian opera and paved the way for the huge success of Puccini.

 

Melbourne Opera’s 2007 production of ’Cavalleria Rusticana’ (Rustic Chivalry) was acclaimed by the critics. ’Grabs the audience by the throat from the outset, another Halliday / Hocking sure fire hit’ (Herald Sun) and played to packed houses both in Melbourne and on tour.

 

Now Melbourne Opera is proud to announce a new production of ’Pagliacci’, (The Clowns) with an all star cast featuring leading Australian baritone Gary Rowley playing the pivotal roles of Alfio in Cavalleria and Tonio in Pagliacci. Quite a rare tour de force. He is joined in the double bill by a stellar cast of leading Australian singers including the fabulous Roy Best and Nick Seidemann as Turiddu, Danielle Calder, Carmela De Losinno, Kerry Gill, Vanessa West and as Canio, the tragic clown in Pagliacci, David Rogers-Smith, alternating with Salvatore Granata, Phillip Calcagno and Jenny Wakefield appear along with Michael Lapina and Selena Pettifer, featuring over 80 performers, the 40 voice Melbourne Opera Chorus, Children’s chorus and the acclaimed 42 piece Melbourne Opera Orchestra conducted by Matthew Toogood and Greg Hocking.

 

Join us for this perfect production of Italian Opera. Sung in English

 

Synopsis: Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci

CAST  CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA

Turridu

 

 

Santuzza

 

 

Alfio

 

Mama

 

Lola

CAST  PAGLIACCI

Canio

 

 

Nedda

 

 

Tonio

 

Beppe

 

Sylvio

 

Villager

Roy Best,

Nick Seidenman

 

Dannielle Calder,

Carmela De Losinno

 

Gary Rowley

 

Lucia Jenny Wakefield

 

Selena Pettifer

David Rogers Smith, Salvatore Granata

 

Kerry Gill,

Vanessa West

 

Gary Rowley

 

Michael Lapina

 

Phillip Calcagno

 

Tim Reynolds

CHORUS

Jodie Debono

Cheryl Darvidis

Sarah Somers

Julia Harper

Ellen Leather

Sue Halls

Helen Koehne

Cecily Woodberry

Kylie Payman

Maree Macmillan

Wendy Trent

Emmy Thompson

Norma Tovey

Angela Lumicisi

Casselle Bonollo

Melinda Frith

Richard Wilson

Tim Reynolds

Craig Debono

David Woodberry

Antonio Cirocco

Brendon Fink

Steve Carolane

Te Ua Houkamau

Hayden Downing

Roland Seidl

Dick Dowling

Robert Van Keulen

Mark Henderson

Michael Carr

Bernie Nolan

Michael Reed

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